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Recap / The Flash 2014 S 6 E 1 Into The Void

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Four months after Nora was erased, Team Flash attempts to move on, while new threats emerge.

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  • Actor Allusion: Sendhil Ramamurthy plays a Professor Guinea Pig who gives himself powers that drive him to The Dark Side? He's pretty much still playing Mohinder Suresh.
  • Actually a Doombot: The episode opens with Barry fighting Godspeed, only for it to turn out to be some kind of mindless duplicate. Apparently, this is the fourth one he's encountered.
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  • All Therapists Are Muggles: Iris says to Barry about Nora's disappearance, "There is no support group for what we're experiencing."
  • Artistic License – Astronomy: It can't be overstated how much black holes do not work like that. While it's not the series' first Unrealistic Black Hole it's probably the most egregious.
  • Book-Ends: The episode begins and ends in the Time Vault, with the respective loss and getting a Tragic Keepsake from Nora. And The Stinger offers the explanation why there was a loss anyway.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: The Monitor destroys Nora's plinth in order to discourage Barry and Iris' hopes for a happy ending, as Barry is destined to die during the incoming Crisis.
  • Five Stages of Grief: Cecile sort of lampshades this when speaking about Iris' grief over losing her daughter, Nora.
  • Foil: The episode sets up two very different Mad Scientist types. Ramsey Rosso is a charismatic but callous Well-Intentioned Extremist who seeks to find a Cure for Cancer through some unethical means. To this end, in The Stinger, he willingly subjects himself to a dangerously transformative experiment. On the other hand, Chester P. Runk is an Adorkable Nice Guy who experiments out of pure scientific curiosity, with no relevant benefit to the public. He accidentally makes his subconscious into a blackhole that is this week’s threat.
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  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: The episode ends with the newly transformed Bloodwork lunging at the camera.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Chester P. Runk, to the point that Cisco is impressed, as he was able to build a gravitational wave emitter powered by a modulated neutrino charger in his garage, out of junkyard material.
  • Genius Loci: While Chester P. Runk is comatose, part of his consciuousness inhabits a black hole. While not fully sentient, his subconscious is attracted to locations in Central City that he had an emotional attachment to.
  • Internal Reveal: Barry and Iris believed that the former still had at least five years to go before the Crisis, until the Monitor shows up to tell them that it's been moved up to this year.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The hallway chats are lampshaded again when Killer Frost rebuffs Ralph's attempts to have a talk with her.
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  • Mad Doctor: Combined with Well-Intentioned Extremist. Ramsey asks Caitlin to use S.T.A.R. labs get some Dark Matter for human trials in order to cure HLH.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Chester manages to threaten Central City with his black holes, all while in a coma.
  • Mood Whiplash: Team Flash dramatically begging Chester to wake up...which he promptly does, talking in his usual Totally Radical way.
  • Mythology Gag: Ralph accuses Killer Frost of having been holed up in her Snow-tress of Solitude during the last few months.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond: After returning, Ralph Dibny presents himself in an elegant attire and saying "Dibny, Ralph Dibny".
  • The Needs of the Many: Cisco brings up the possibility of having to kill Chester to save the rest of Central City, but Barry is having none of it. Fortunately, they are able to save him.
  • No Antagonist: Downplayed as fake Godspeed shows up in the Batman Cold Open and Rosso is up to no good, but the main threat of the episode is a sympathetic Unwitting Instigator of Doom.
  • No Man Should Have This Power: Caitlin’s refusal on ethical grounds to inject HLH patients with dark matter is somewhere between this trope and Evil Is Not a Toy.
  • Noodle Incident: Ralph's case which took him to Opal City, looking into the disappearing of a woman named Sue Dearbon.
  • Not Quite Back to Normal: Barry succeeds in returning Chester's mind to his body, except his eyes are glowing and he needs to chill in the M.A.C. enhancement unit that made it possible for a few weeks until he stabilizes on the atomic level.
  • Old Friend: Ramsey is a colleague of Caitlin's in med school.
  • Painful Transformation: Ramsey succesfully cures himself of his own HLH, but painfully gains metahuman powers at the same time.
  • Power Incontinence: Caitlin has had trouble keeping her Killer Frost powers under control.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: Rosso’s first test subject is himself.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Discussed by Rosso when he claims that for all of their groundbreaking discoveries, S.T.A.R. Labs does nothing to fight everyday evils like cancer.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Ramsey Rosso, introduced as a friend of Caitlin, and whose recently deceased mother gave the recommendation that allowed Caitlin to get the job at STAR Labs.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Subverted, Barry and Iris initially appear to get over Nora's death quickly, claiming that they can still have her back in the future. However, Iris later breaks down saying that it won't be the same Nora, while Barry is very clearly throwing himself into his job as the Flash as a means of choking down his grief.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Inverted with Godspeed going up against his canonical enemy Barry Allen, since in the current timeline Nora never existed to stop him in the future.
  • Sequel Hook: This episode sets up many plot threads that are unresolved. In no particular order:
    • Barry’s fate in the impending Crisis.
    • Ralph’s search for the missing Sue Dearborn.
    • Frost starting to live her own life.
    • Rosso’s transformation.
    • Whatever the hell’s going on with Godspeed.
  • Shoot the Dog: Killer Frost is prepared to kill Chester with Cisco’s grenade. Of course, Barry saves the day without this happening.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When we first see Ralph Dibny in the episode, he looks a lot like James Bond. He even says, ”The name’s Dibny, Ralph Dibny.” A lawyer friendly variation of the famous Bond Leitmotif also plays during this moment.
    • When Barry is going to enter the last black hole, Cisco plays Queen's musical theme for another Flash.
  • Shrine to the Fallen: After Barry gets back Iris' purple jacket from inside the black hole, they put it up in honor of Nora.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Barry shutting down the last black hole while Cisco plays "Flash". Iris even calls out how corny it is.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Ramsey, towards his own mother no less, calling her a coward for not fighting her HLH.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: A rare voluntary version, with Caitlin allowing Killer Frost to take the wheel to live a normal life for a change.
  • Stepford Smiler: Throughout the episode, Barry is constantly talking about how Team Flash can accomplish anything in a sunny disposition. It eventually turns out he's doing this to distract himself from his grief over losing Nora.
  • Time Skip: The episode starts immediately after the end of last year's finale, then jumps ahead four months.
  • Tragic Keepsake: At first it was Nora's Video Will, but by the end of the episode they settle for her old costume.
  • Wham Line:
    • In-universe: when Cisco and Barry debate about what they should do about Chester to prevent another black hole from ravaging the city, with Cisco telling Barry they may only have one actual option, Barry snaps:
      Barry: I'M NOT LOSING ANYONE ELSE!note 
    • Novu finally revealing when exactly the Crisis is going to happen: "December 10, 2019".
  • You Can't Fight Fate: The Monitor appears at the end of the episode to warn Barry that the Crisis is coming, and there's nothing he can do to survive it.
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